Crumbs
August 4, 2020
83. Week of Sexagesima Sunday - Friday
You know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man comes
          Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man comes.   Mathew 25:13
          On Tuesday evening, after He had been harassed by His enemies all day long, Jesus sat with His disciples on the western slope of the Mount of Olives, facing Jerusalem. And there He spoke with them at great length about His coming again to Judgment. And this was the subject of all His conversation: "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man comes." This is meant for us, too, as we also are His disciples. We must do as the virgins did, the companions of the bride, who took their lamps and went forth to meet the bridegroom,- not like the foolish virgins, who took their lamps, but took no oil with them. Not only the name, not only the outward demeanour of Christians must be found with us, we must not merely profess allegiance to Christ and to His Church, no, our hearts must be filled with faith, with faith in the Saviour, with faith which makes us the Saviour's own, with faith which the Holy Spirit through the Word gives, increases, strengthens, and sustains. True, it may be that we become drowsy when the bridegroom delays to come, for our heart, which holds faith's treasure, is but an earthen vessel. And yet, if only faith is there - when the cry is made, "Behold, the bridegroom comes!" our faith will not be surprised, but it will be aroused, and brightly will its light shine, and gladly will it hail the Saviour; and we shall go in with Him to the heavenly marriage-feast. But whoever has no faith, his light will then go out, and the door will be shut for him forever. "Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour when the Son of Man comes."
          PRAYER: - Lord Jesus, Shepherd and Keeper of my soul, so govern me through Your Word and Your Holy Spirit, that the oil of true faith in You will always be found in the frail vessel of my heart, and that I may always be watchful and wakeful, in order that I may neither fear nor faint when You, O heavenly Bridegroom, come, but, together with You, may joyfully enter the marriage-feast of eternal life, and by Your grace obtain eternal salvation. Amen.

First Part : Festival Season
August 4, 2020